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    By | February 5, 2009


    From Watchmen Wiki

    Tales of the Black Freighter is a comic book within the Watchmen universe, an example of post-modern Metafiction and comic-within-a-comic that also serves as a foil for the main plot. Issues 23 and 24, comprising the story Marooned, are included within Watchmen itself. They are read by a teenage boy named Bernie, who sits outside a newsstand through all his appearances.

    The story chronicles a castaway’s increasingly desperate attempts to return home to warn his family of the impending arrival of the Black Freighter, a phantom pirate ship which houses the souls of the damned. To escape the deserted island he uses the gas-bloated bodies of his former crew mates to float a raft, fending off sharks en route; to infiltrate the (supposedly) pirate-controlled Davidstown, he murders a trusting couple and returns dressed in the man’s clothing; to save his family he attacks a night watchman who is patrolling the house. However, this watchman is actually his wife, and he soon realizes that there has been no attack and his efforts have only brought about his own destruction. The man returns to the beach to see the Black Freighter approaching, ready to claim the only life it truly desired – his. He boards eagerly.

    Tales of the Black Freighter will be released on Blu-ray & DVD to be a companion to the theatrical release of the Watchmen film. It will also include the additional Hollis Mason tell-all:  Under the Hood

    Under the Hood is the autobiography of Hollis Mason, where he explains the events leading up to the time when he became the masked adventurer Nite Owl, and discusses the formation of the Minutemen.

    The first five chapters of the autobiography are printed along with the first three chapters of the Watchmen series to coincide with Alan Moore’s depiction of the alternate reality he has created.

    Below is the cover art, the disc releases on March 24th 2009.


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